Young Hearts & Minds

Build Resilience // Beat the trauma // Break the Cycle

The Young Hearts & Minds conference appeals to those with a passion for the well-being and mental health of children and young people. Young Hearts and Minds brings together a wealth of knowledge and experience from the World’s leading experts in complex trauma and recovery.

Experience a rare opportunity to listen to progressive techniques and explore new methodologies on how to start the healing process and beat the long term impact of early trauma which can have a serious impact on children’s development, throughout their youth and into adulthood. The teaching and learning at the conference will help you to develop resilience under pressure and inspire you to make change.

Trauma can trigger many painful emotions and unless we start to heal these emotions, they can become stuck in our bodies and minds.

This one day conference takes place on 22nd June 2021 at the ICC Belfast. There will be access to learning, networking and promoting the good work that is happening in Northern Ireland and beyond.

Look deeper into ACEs, attachment and trauma, enhancing your overall development. You will gain the knowledge and skills to make a difference in the lives of the children and young people in your community, classroom and place of work. Be empowered to create a lasting difference for future generations.


  • Learn from the world’s leading experts on how to reduce and treat the effects of childhood adversity.
  • Become trauma-informed and trauma-responsive by understanding what trauma does to young people.
  • Hear how it can be healed and how to act to help prevent it.
  • Develop effective interventions and conversational tools at experiential sessions with local organisations that will make a difference on the ground.


Tickets for both days are now available, please choose which day....

See below speakers that have been confirmed, more to follow...

Dan Siegel

Clinical professor of psychiatry and author
Dan Siegel

Clinical professor of psychiatry and author

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School

Bessel van der Kolk

Psychiatrist, Author and Educator
Bessel van der Kolk

Psychiatrist, Author and Educator

Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D. has been active as a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress and related phenomena since the 1970s. His work integrates developmental, biological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of

Margot Sunderland

Author and Child Mental Health Expert
Margot Sunderland

Author and Child Mental Health Expert

Dr Margot Sunderland is Co- Director of Trauma Informed Schools UK, Director of Education and Training at The Centre for Child Mental Health London, Honorary Visiting Fellow at London Metropolitan University, Senior Associate Member of the Royal College of Medicine,

Dr Karen Treisman

Clinical psychologist, Author
Dr Karen Treisman

Clinical psychologist, Author

Dr Karen Treisman is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the National Health System and children’s services for several years. Karen has also worked cross-culturally in both Africa and Asia with groups ranging from former child

Éadaoin Bhreathnach

Occupational Therapist & Attachment Counsellor
Éadaoin Bhreathnach

Occupational Therapist & Attachment Counsellor

Éadaoin Bhreathnach is an Occupational Therapist & Attachment Counsellor, based in Northern Ireland. She is a visiting Lecturer on the M.Sc. Attachment Studies Course, University of Roehampton, London. Éadaoin developed her clinical model Sensory Attachment Intervention (SAI) as a result

Schedule for 2021 to be confirmed

More detail on the programme to come...

22nd June 2021

  • Registration
    08.30 - 09.15
  • Welcome by Member of Action Trauma Team & opening item
    09.15 - 09.30
  • Keynote 1 - Bessel Van Der Kolk Understand & Recognising The Long Term Impact of Early Trauma
    09.30 - 10.45
  • Break & Networking
    10.45 - 11.15
  • Keynote 2 - Dr Margot Sunderland Demystify mental health & empowering professionals working with young people to know how to relate and what to say to children and teenagers are suffering from mental health problems.
    11.15 - 12.30
  • Lunch Break (Lunch included)
    12.30 - 13.15
  • Keynote 3 - Eadaoin Bhreathnach How to Enable Narrative Expression and Affect Regulation
    13.15 - 14.30
  • Keynote 4 - Sue Carter The Healing Power of Love: How oxytocin protects from stress and trauma
    14.30 - 15.45
  • Break & Networking
    15.45 - 16.15
  • Keynote 5 - Dan Siegel Flipping Your Lid - A practical guide to self-regulation & co-regulation
    16.15 - 17.30
  • Conference Finish
    17.30 - 17.30
No events available!

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be lunch available?

Yes we will be serving lunch to all attendees between 12.15 and 12.45pm. Refreshment stations will be available on all floors throughout the day.

What time is registration on the morning of the event?

Registration will open from 8.30am to 9.15am. We encourage attendees to make sure enough time is allocated for parking, arrival and walking to the building. If you would like to ‘fast track’ on the morning of the event, please insert your postal address when registering online. We will send out your lanyards and welcome pack so you will not have to wait in line. If you have already registered and would like to use the fast track service, please email with full postal details and we will update your registration details.

Where can I find the schedule?

Full details of the event schedule can be found on our website and throughout or facebook page

Is this event CPD Accredited?

Yes, all of our events through 2021 are accredited from internationally recognised organisation: The CPD Standards Office. You will receive a total of 8 CPD points for attendance of the Young Hearts and Mind’s 2021 event. You will be sent your certificate of attendance after the event on 24th June 2021 through the email address which you registered with.

Where is the ICC Belfast located?

ICC Belfast is conveniently located within a 10-minute walk of the city centre. The entrance to ICC Belfast is located beside the river Lagan, overlooking picturesque views of the river, this entrance is aptly named the Riverside Entrance.

The address is: 2 Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3WH.

Is parking available at the ICC?

ICC Belfast is located within the heart of the City Centre which offers visitors access to a wide range of car parking facilities within walking distance to our Convention Centre.

APCOA Parking Lanyon Place – The car park is surrounded by shopping centres, places to eat and located just 100 metres from ICC Belfast.

The Hilton Belfast – The Hilton Belfast multi-storey car park is just a 4-minute walk to ICC Belfast.

The current hourly rate for the car parks within Lanyon Place and the Hilton is £2.50. Special rates are available for evening parking in both Lanyon Place and Hilton car parks. Park between 5.30pm and midnight and pre-pay £7.50 for your stay.

I have accessibility needs, will I be able to navigate my way through the building?

The ICC is a state-of-the-art building which is tailored for accessibility throughout all the floors. There are escalators and lifts conveniently placed throughout the building to ensure that attendees have peace of mind when attending an event.

Where can I book my ticket?

You can book your place for the event here. If you are a government-based organisation and you need an invoice to proceed with payment, please send us an email at and we will be able to get that set up for you.

*Please make sure that all information is accurate and up to date when entering your registration details, including full name (as will be printed on the ticket and certificate) and email address (double check all details are correct before submitting your entry).

What should I expect?

Expect a full schedule of dynamic thought leaders and experts in the field of Trauma. Bring with you a thirst for knowledge, a willingness to network and connect to your wider community and an openness to develop skills that you can use throughout your career.

What should I wear?

Attire will be business casual, please make sure you are comfortable at all times. There will be walking between rooms so make sure that you have comfortable footwear. The Weather is Belfast in June is moderate with a temperature between 12-17 degrees, so layers are recommended.

Does the event have a social media page or a hashtag that I can use?

Absolutely! You can find us on facebook at ‘’ and feel free to use our hashtag #youngheartsandminds.